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How to think about autism risks

March 29th, 2014, 8:57pm by Sam Wang

For those of you coming here from the NYT, welcome! If you’re interested in drilling into the scientific literature, I’ve archived some articles here. Note: if you’re having trouble getting the links from the NYT piece to work, the link above has all the correct files. Basically the NYT site messed up the “~” character [...]

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BRAIN Initiative – on MSNBC

May 2nd, 2013, 12:33pm by Sam Wang

I’m currently in heavy neuroscience mode. Here’s one example: the unveiling of the BRAIN Initiative, an NIH/NSF/DARPA/private research initiative announced by President Obama in April. It focuses on new technologies to map brain connectivity and function. Whether there will be new money isn’t clear, but it does highlight some very exciting areas in modern neuroscience. [...]

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President Shirley Tilghman

September 23rd, 2012, 10:00am by Sam Wang

Yesterday, our university’s president, Shirley Tilghman, announced that she was stepping down after over a decade of leadership. She’s been a great leader, and has led Princeton University in an exciting and inspiring way. In so many areas – including expansion in academics across the board, student aid, coping with the economic downturn – she [...]

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Focusing efforts wisely

October 27th, 2010, 9:52am by Sam Wang

I’ve received correspondence from a Democratic activist taking me to task. I pointed out that his Democratic Congressman was likely to win by a large margin. He thought that my saying this would breed complacency. Putting aside the idea that very many Democrats this election season are complacent, there is a critical point I must [...]

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“We will restore science to its rightful place”

January 20th, 2009, 3:06pm by Sam Wang

Today people gathered in halls all around campus to watch the Inauguration. It’s finals week, so classrooms were available. I watched it at the Center for Human Values with colleagues and friends. President Obama’s address was solid and to the point. He pulled no punches about the problems ahead. Three quotes from led to outbursts [...]

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State polls – fresher than you think

October 21st, 2008, 2:24pm by Sam Wang

As you can see, the Meta-Analysis has taken a downtick. This suggests that the race has leveled off – or may drift toward parity a bit. Notably, state polls now lag national polls by only a few days, making them an excellent source of current information about the race.

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Nobels

October 13th, 2008, 11:40am by Sam Wang

Today, Paul Krugman, professor of economics and international affairs here at Princeton, won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on international trade. Here’s his quirky, fascinating essay on how he thinks. Congratulations, Paul! The Chemistry prize is in an area that touches my research…

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On campus tonight: race, environment, and IQ

October 9th, 2008, 9:16am by Sam Wang

Here’s a topic far from our daily discussion. But it’s an important subject, one that often gets mishandled badly. Tonight I’m hosting as a speaker Prof. James R. Flynn, a real maverick.

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Purple polls

October 9th, 2008, 8:44am by Sam Wang

I’ve now started making “Purple Poll” and “Red/Blue Poll” maps using poll-data from RealClearPolitics. I hope to update the maps on an almost daily basis between now and the election. You can see the maps at http://www.princeton.edu/~rvdb/JAVA/election2008/. -Bob Vanderbei

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For locals: a talk on the Meta-Analysis

October 2nd, 2008, 9:00am by Sam Wang

Tomorrow (Friday) at noon, I’ll give a talk in Kosuke Imai and Dustin Tingley’s political methodology seminar. If you’re nearby, you’re welcome to attend. Of course, the math will all be included. The blurb is here (PDF). Update: Here’s another local event, happening next Tuesday: a panel on the reliability of state polls featuring both [...]

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